Rock n Roll Notes 02.10.10 - MainstreamRockSincethemid70s...

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Mainstream Rock Since the mid 70s 02/10/10 Rock becomes diverse with different popular styles Less about spontaneity, more about mainstream audience Tech makes rock music much more salient Rock and Roll in the 70s = A major Business Major labels dominate business with cross-marketing (album + tour) Promotion of “focus” artists with popularity of album oriented rock Recording Industry Association of America awards for sales and ignites corporate takeover Mainstream Rock? Genre wise: a big tent with diverse music genres Business wise: carefully controlled and marketed music Style wise: radio-friendly with distinctive identity, still need to sound commercial however Stadium Rock? Most artists placed commercial success as their highest priority Led Zeppelin -first gladiators of stadium rock Elton John : his career is one of the most fascinating professional metamorphoses in rock  history Madman Across the Water “Tiny Dancer” Honky Chateau “Rocket Man” Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player “Crocodile Rock”  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy “Philadelphia Freedom”
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Rock and the Westies “Island Girl” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” His flamboyance and showmanship on stage epitomized the excessive culture of the 70s John’s collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin is still intact after 40 years 80s: tough time for Elton John, emotionally and physically worn out, music suffered,  a  decade of personal upheaval and struggles Too Low for Zero “I’m Still Standing” (1983) 90s: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” duet with George Micheal, revived his waning  career in the 90s Lion King OST “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (1994) “Candle in the Wind” (1997) a tribute to Princess Diana, best single of all time in the UK 
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course JOURNALISM 2021 taught by Professor Mockey during the Spring '10 term at University of Florida.

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